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aether

[ee-ther] /ˈi θər/
noun
1.
ether (defs 3–5).
2.
(initial capital letter) the ancient Greek personification of the clear upper air of the sky.
Related forms
aethereal
[ih-theer-ee-uh l] /ɪˈθɪər i əl/ (Show IPA),
aetheric
[ih-ther-ik] /ɪˈθɛr ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for aether
  • His tenderness penetrating aether, soft prayer on the airwaves.
  • After all, this is why dense aether theory was introduced.
  • All these publications belong into new physics, which is dual to the existing one and compliant with dense aether theory.
  • The idea of the aether was eventually rejected because a better theory came along to replace the old one that was not working.
  • The aether particles are far more minute that the particles of the matter.
  • There are a lot of interesting things happening in physics but aether is dead long live aether.
  • These experiments have a good meaning in dense aether model of vacuum.
  • Well, solid state is what the power supply will be to tap the energy out of the aether to make it float and propel.
  • As usual they forgot the energy that can be tapped out of the aether.
  • Dominant cosmologies and their ontologies are always an aether people move through.
British Dictionary definitions for aether

aether

/ˈiːθə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of ether (sense 3), ether (sense 4), ether (sense 5)
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Encyclopedia Article for aether

in physics, a theoretical, universal substance believed during the 19th century to act as the medium for transmission of electromagnetic waves (e.g., light and X rays) much as sound waves are transmitted by elastic media such as air. The ether was assumed to be weightless, transparent, frictionless, undetectable chemically or physically, and literally permeating all matter and space. The theory met with increasing difficulties as the nature of light and the structure of matter became better understood; it was seriously weakened (1881) by the Michelson-Morley experiment (q.v.), which was designed specifically to detect the motion of the Earth through the ether and which showed that there was no such effect

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